Digital surveillance is a handy way to keep your office or home safe and secure, and it can help you apprehend criminals that might breach that security. And nowadays, depending on your requirements and your budget, there are almost endless numbers of devices you can use, each with their own specific strengths. Most surveillance devices are hooked up to a central system, wired together in a network. Some of these can be moved or have their angles changed remotely, but some are entirely stationary. Some can even be set up to periodically swivel, while some are equipped with sensors that can detect movement and follow the source. However, all these devices are restricted to their specific location. That’s where remote access devices come in.
The latest in surveillance technology, these cameras can be set up anywhere, indoors or outdoors, and can be moved easily whenever you choose. Rather than being wired together and directed straight to monitor, you can remotely access the live feed from anywhere in the world via the internet. This kind of device, called a ‘netcam’ or IP camera (IP stands for Internet Protocol), records onto an SD card or using a central recording system as normal if you do choose to set up a wired network. And then, not only can you view the footage or live stream from wherever you are, but many of these cameras have accompanying apps through which you can do all of that from your handheld device.
This is extremely useful, not just for security purposes, but also as nanny cams, in farming environments such as crop and livestock monitoring, and in natural or zoological settings where biologists and botanists can observe animals and plant life without any interference, even at night, thanks to night vision options. An IP camera wirelessly transmitting data across the world is therefore enabling protection and providing crucial scientific information to experts, thus having profound implications on the study of the natural world.
And it doesn’t just give you visuals; some models have in built microphone and speaker systems so that you can communicate through it, much like an intercom system. You can remotely mobilize the movement controls as if you were adjusting it in person, you can encrypt the data being transmitted, and you can even install analytical software that directly analyses imagery from the camera. As for cost, you can spend a hefty sum on a super high definition device, but as time goes by, more and more affordable models are becoming commercially available. Needless to say, as far as video surveillance goes, web devices like these are the easiest and most convenient means of monitoring in the market.